The entertainment world has lost a legend in Jonathan Winters, a veteran actor and comic who passed away at the age of 87, according to his website.
Longtime family friend Joe Petro III says Winters, who inspired so many comedians, died Thursday night at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes.
A note on his website adds, "Rest in Peace, Mr. Winters."
Winters' career began when he won a talent contest in Ohio, which led to radio gigs and appearances at comedy clubs, along with comedy albums.